Al Pacino is one of the most iconic actors in the modern age of cinema, starring in many classic movies during his 45 year career in TV and Film.
But did you know he turned down another iconic role, in yet another classic movie?
Perhaps it’s because Han Solo is such an iconic role? Perhaps it’s because Harrison Ford portrayed the character so well? Who knows. But I can’t see it.
Regardless of this fanboy’s opinions, it’s true that Lucas looked at a good number of actors before deciding on Ford including Nick Nolte, Kurt Russell, Burt Reynolds, Jack Nicholson, Christopher Walken, Perry King, Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, James Caan and, bizarrely, Bill Murray and Steve Martin.
Regardless, Pacino did in fact turn down the role and just this week whilst attending a recent “An Evening with Al Pacino” event in London, he explained precisely why he turned it down.
It was mine for the taking but I didn’t understand the script.
Short, to the point and entirely believable, wouldn’t you say?
Can you imagine Al Pacino portraying Han Solo? How do you think that would’ve changed the Star Wars movie? Let me know what you think in the comments below – it’ll be awesome to hear your opinion on the matter!